Let’s Hang: Fondren Public


Located at the corner of Lakeland Drive and Old Canton Road in Jackson, Fondren Public is serving up delicious bar bites to go along with your beer or cocktail while you hang out on their backyard patio.

Complete with picnic tables, cornhole, and a giant Jenga game outside and board games shuffleboard inside, Fondren Public makes for the perfect hangout spot any night of the week.

Not only is Fondren Public a great place to grab a quick bite to eat, but it also makes for a lively and fun gathering place after a long workweek. On most Friday nights, the back porch and picnic tables are full of young adults mingling and hanging out to kick off the weekend. The back patio walls are donned with big-screen TVs, so Fondren Public also makes a great spot to watch any big games that might be on your radar.

Public Fries

Bar Bites and Beer

Walking into Fondren Public, it’s hard to miss their extensive beer and liquor selection. Several draft beers are available on tap or in a bottle, along with individual glasses of wine and a liquor selection large enough that every customer is sure to find something to quench their thirst.

While you sip on something cold, be sure to order a snack or two off the menu. Fondren Public’s menu also includes salads and a few “big bite” options that take your ordinary bar and snack food to a whole new level. Boiled peanuts are a popular choice, and these are no ordinary gas station boiled peanuts. They’re coated in cumin and cayenne pepper, giving them a little kick of sweet heat. For something a little more than just peanuts, try the yard bird, composed of fried chicken bites on a stick topped with spicy horseradish mayo, or the public chips – french fries covered in pulled pork, melted white cheddar, scallions, and chopped okra. If you’re looking for something a little more to eat than just a snack or side item, several options of sliders available, such as beef, chicken, pulled pork, and even vegetarian, or sink your teeth into a fried chicken and waffle taco or a BLT.

Fondren Public is a 21 and over establishment. Check out their menus and hours of operation at fondrenpublic.com.

The bocce court outside the patio. Image: Frank Farmer for Find It In Fondren

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Paige McKay

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